When I was in Arkansas a couple weeks ago, camping and scuba diving, I saw this waterlily bud resting in a pond. There were beautiful white waterlilies bloomed all around it but this one was waiting. It was still early, maybe seven in the morning. I found it very inspiring. Life is a journey. It's not about knowing where that journey will end, it's about enjoying each moment until it does. It's not about knowing this waterlily will bloom. The joy I found was in awaiting the magical moment. I continued on my way that day and the following afternoon as I passed that pond, there it was beginning to open. Each day there are so many opportunities to take and we don't always know which one will pan out; or at least I don't. But I make my choices and enjoy each one, awaiting what will develop. My life is a journey of moments that add up into something magical that I can not fully imagine yet. I can dream about it, and I do, but the reality is always more than I picture. I'm grateful for the beauty of this waterlily. I'm grateful it was waiting for its perfect moment to bloom. I'm grateful to know I will "bloom" when it is time but I'm even more grateful to know that it is the moments between now and then that make all the difference. I'm grateful to enjoy this moment. I'm grateful to feed my heart and spirit each day. I'm grateful to laugh. I'm grateful for this journey of moments. (And I'm grateful for toenail clippers. Random thought but it's true.) What moments will you choose to be grateful for today? What moments will you enjoy while you are awaiting the "bloom"? I'm grateful for the excitement of awaiting what will come. And I'm grateful for each moment of joy between now and then. May your day be blessed with many buds and may you find joy in each moment while awaiting their bloom.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.